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i just got a new tank from the thrift store and i socked it in bleach but my fish dose not look happy.help. every other day i change the water and i don't over feed them but the water just gets really dirty really fast here is a pic .:(((((((((((((((((((((((((HELP PLEASE::::::::::::::::::::::::::(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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Hello Nuala, Whenever you have a small fishbowl like that the water will get dirty very quickly. Pet stores have to change water for that size container on a daily basis. Make sure that if you bleached the aquarium that you cleaned ALL of it off. Even a small dosage of bleach can kill your fish. The other thing I would caution you about is the size of the aquarium you are using. It is a common misconception that bettas can be housed in small aquariums.  I have heard of them surviving in small containers for long periods of time but in reality, you should have a minimum of a ten gallon tank for them. They have an area of about 3 square feet in the wild that makes up a typical male's territory. If you want to do less water changes I would recommend upgrading to a 10 gallon tank for them with a filter that runs all day. That way you would only have to do water changes about once every two weeks depending on how many fish you put in the tank.

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Jordan Gobely

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I can answer most questions about fish care and maintenance. I am not an expert on saltwater aquariums but I am researching more about them on a daily basis. I have kept many different tropical freshwater fish as well as cichlids. Brackish water is my weakest category but if you have a question feel free to ask and I will do research on it myself.

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I have kept fish for over 10 years. I am also an employee at a pet store and the head of the fish department. I am going to school at Emporia State University and studying biology with a concentration in ecology and biodiversity for undergraduate work. Right now my job is to care for and maintain the fish department at a local pet store. As far as water quality, I am well versed in different practices you can do to help improve conditions and what levels to look out for when testing the water.

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I am majoring in Biology at Emporia State University and have researched fish reproductive behavior for the past decade.

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